See video, pictures, and details of all the new ropes coming out in 2016 from Beal, Edelrid, Edelweiss, Maxim and Roca. Footage and photos come from the 2015 Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah. The biggest theme 2016: rope line changes as manufacturers align their ropes with the new UIAA Water Repellent Certification.

Beal 2016 Rope Updates

Beal-2016 Ropes

Beal now organizes their ropes in 3 lines: The Active line (no dry treatment), the Intensive line (sheath-only treatment), and the Mountain line (sheath & core treatment that passes the UIAA Water Repellent test). A main focus for Beal, on all rope lines, is keeping a very low impact force, under 8kN, to increase the comfort and reduce forces on gear.

The Active Line has been completely re-done and Beal is introducing 4 new single ropes:

  • 10.2mm Antidote – $149
  • 10mm Virus – $149
  • 9.8mm Karma – $149
  • 9.5mm Zenith – $149

The Zenith is the thinnest rope in the Beal Active range and at $149.95 for 60m it is tied (with the Mammut Infinity) for the lowest priced non-treated 9.5mm rope. The Zenith can be used as either a lightweight sport rope or for trad, but we certainly wouldn’t recommend it for snow/ice climbing (use a Mountain line rope for that business!).

Beal will also introduce a new double(half) rope, the Legend 8.3mm:

  • 50m – $119 each
  • 60m – $139 each
  • 70m – $164 each

Edelrid 2016 Rope Updates

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Endless color options for the Boa Eco. Photo by The Alpine Start who nailed the pic.

Edelrid normally makes their ropes in 1000+ meter lengths for efficiency. This practice often results in having extra yarn on the bobbins that doesn’t get used. In the past Edelrid has recycled or thrown away this remaining yarn. For spring 2016, the 9.8mm Boa Eco rope (aka 9.8mm Parrot in Europe) will be utilizing these “transfer” yarns to create totally new, incredibly colorful, unique ropes. The rope properties will be identical to that of the standard Boa rope and the price is the same as the standard Boa.

Although Edelrid is using previously discarded yarns for the Boa Eco, a great cost savings, there are still a lot of process challenges to manufacture these ropes. Edelrid adds a lot of manual labor to the operation as they must change the spools more often which requires stopping the machines frequently–a high cost activity that is ideally avoided.

Boa Eco 9.8
Transfer Yarns
Boa
Standard
40m$99
60m$149$149
70m$169$169
200m$499

Additionally, influenced by the new UIAA Water Repellent measure, from 2016 forward, Edelrid will only have 2 rope lines: Pro (sheath & core treated, to the UIAA standard) and Sport (no treatments). Edelrid will no longer make ropes with a sheath-only treatment.

Because of this change, Edelrid is taking some of their Pro-line ropes and adding them to the Sport-line. The Swift, Eagle Light, and Anniversary DuoTec will all be available in both dry and non-dry versions in 2016. For these three models, the non-dry version will be $199 and the UIAA Dry version will be $229.

Edelweiss 2016 Rope Updates

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Edelweiss is bringing out new ropes in the Spirit (their mid-line) range of ropes. We list the price for the 60m versions (these ropes will also be available in 50m and 70m lengths): 

  • 10.0mm Power – single, Unicore, Everdry: $239
  • 9.6mm Excess – single, Unicore, Everdry: $229
  • 7.8mm Elite – double(half), Unicore, SuperEverydry: $199 each

The far right rope in the photo also shows the previously available 9.2mm Performance certified half, twin, and double – Unicore. Everdry: $219 each, SuperEverdry: $259 each.

Each rope has a spiral core, where the core fibers are twisted together. This allows for a lower impact force and helps to keep the roundness of the rope throughout it’s life.

All ropes also include Unicore. Unique to Beal and Edelweiss, the sheath and core are glued together so they cannot come apart. This is particularly helpful if the sheath of the rope is cut as it prevents the sheath and core from separating.

Edelweiss Everdry (on the 10.0mm Power, 9.6mm Excess, and 9.2mm Performance) is a sheath-only treatment. The 7.8mm Elite (and 9.2mm Performance) has a SuperEverydry treatment that includes both the sheath and core, and is UIAA Water Repellent.

Maxim (New England Ropes) 2016 Rope Updates

Maxim Airliner 9.1mm Bipattern
Great photo of the “Torch” colored bi-pattern Airliner thanks to Jonathan Siegrist’s Gear Review.

Maxim is adding a bi-pattern option to their 9.1mm Airliner rope, certified as a single and double(half) rope. The new bi-pattern Airliner will still have all the performance characteristics of the non-bi-pattern version and will still be super lightweight at 55 g/m. 

Compare the weight of every rope (560+ options) at:
WeighMyRack.com/rope

Made in Fall River, Massachusetts, the Airliner has been Maxim’s go-to rope for their athletes and climbing team. Case and point: Jonathan Siegrist (J.Star) recently did a North American tour where he travelled across the country and he did it all on one Airliner. After the tour, he took the same rope to Spain.

  • Standard 9.1mm Airliner: $266
  • Bi-pattern 9.1mm Airliner: $299

Maxim treats the core of every rope, even their indoor ropes. For the double dry ropes (including the Airliner), they re-coat the entire rope after it is braided around the core. Even though these ropes haven’t been officially certified to the UIAA Water Repellent standard, Maxim is confident that they’ll pass the <5% water absorption test. 

Roca Fixe 2016 Rope Updates

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Roca is releasing a new rope into their Endurance line, the 9.6mm Siriana. It has a new technology and includes a 1 over 1 sheath weave, creating very high abrasion resistance. Roca is touting, “about 300%” abrasion resistance and at the Outdoor Retailer show, Kevin Daniels demonstrated scraping the sheath with a knife. Impressively there was no visible catching or damage to the rope. [Watch for yourself in the video at the top of this post, or click here to see it queued on YouTube]

Even with such a durable sheath, Roca confirmed that the rope still handles very well. Roca has never had very wide distribution in the U.S. despite being a 100+ year old company. As a way to help the brand enter the U.S. market, this rope is priced very competitively. The 70m rope is only $180 and it’ll be available in dry and non-dry treated versions. Kevin has been testing the rope himself and reports, “It handles really well, knots really well, it’s got nice elongation. There is no negative; there is no catch! It’s a great value and a great product.”


To see more new climbing gear, check out our posts on the 2016 shoes, cams, and harnesses.

Or, if you want to geek out on all the ropes available today…

Check out all the dynamic ropes (560+ options) at:
WeighMyRack.com/rope

 

Or, find out if there are any ropes on sale that meet your needs:

Ropes-On-Sale-RIght-Now

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Alison Dennis

Alison Dennis

Alison (she/her) runs WeighMyRack from her 17' travel trailer. She is currently touring the US and would love if you contacted her to meet up to talk about climbing, climbing gear, or if you have any fun and/or ridiculous adventure in mind.

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